On March 5, the Ascension of Our Lord Eagles Senior Boys basketball team was crowned OFSAA AA Champion after beating St. Andrew’s College in the gold medal game in Perth/Smith Falls. Congratulations to all the players, as well as coaches Freddie Appiah, Terry Kalino, and Jaroslav Stepanenko.
The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board announced at its meeting on February 25, that director of education, John B. Kostoff is the recipient of the 2014 OCSTA Special Award for his outstanding service to Catholic education in Ontario. The award will be officially presented to Mr. Kostoff pictured above centre with trustees Anna da Silva (L) and Thomas Thomas (R).
Three hundred and fifty Dufferin-Peel secondary students attended workshops and presentations as part of the board’s annual Black History Conference held February 20. Above, students explored the beauty and history of African dance in a workshop by A New Daei Dance Company of Brampton.
St. Simon Stock School has been an active participant in the Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program. Through public service announcements, individual class discussions about bullying, a presentation about the effects of bullying, and developing conflict resolution strategies, the student-lead Huddle Up Committee has done a tremendous job exhibiting the Catholic call for action and community service.
On February 1, over 400 students, staff and parents from our Vietnamese community came together to celebrate the New Year. This special event was hosted at Sts. Martha and Mary School through Dufferin-Peel’s International Languages Program. This celebration reinforced the importance of culture and strengthened the faith and community spirit of all celebrants.
In celebration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, St. Andrew School in Orangeville held its own Winter Olympic Outdoor Play Day. Students had the opportunity to compete in such events as an Obstacle Course, Snowshoeing, Snow Angels, Foot Hockey and Curling.
Lester B. Pearson Catholic School's Grade 7 student, Avery, won first place in the St. Anthony of Padua's Catholic Women's League Speech Competition. Avery will go on to compete at the regional competition.
Student teachers from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education working at St. Josephine Bakhita School developed a Wordle using terms submitted by the school’s over 700 students. The banner is prominently displayed outside the school.
On January 17, staff and students at St. Lucy School celebrated National Hockey Day with an afternoon tournament against Peel Regional Police.
Plant Department staff were recognized at the January 28 Board Meeting for their outstanding work in responding to ice storm and cold weather-related emergencies at schools and other board facilities over the Christmas Break and during the month of January.
Notre Dame Secondary School's Grade 11 Raising Healthy Children class organized a clothing drive for children. With the help of Notre Dame’s feeder elementary schools, the students collected over 2,000 clothing and other baby items that were donated to Vita Centre.
On January 8, St. Roch Catholic Secondary School’s Chamber Choir performed the American and Canadian anthems at the Toronto Raptors Game vs. the Detroit Pistons.
The St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School community raised $15,000 this year through their Feast Day celebration which included a pilgrimage to the d’Youville parish, followed by a barbeque.